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09-12-2011, 03:54 PM   #1
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Pentax crams 18x optical zoom into Optio RZ18 point-and-shoot camera

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Guess what, amateur shooters? The superzoom just got shrunk. Pentax has just outed a new compact that touts a downright impressive 18x optical zoomer (25-450mm equivalent), with the snooping lens married to a 16 megapixel sensor, a smattering of shake reduction technologies and a 3-inch HVGA LCD 'round back. Moreover, you'll find a nine-point autofocus system, face detection algorithms, an SDXC card slot and an HD video mode capable of snagging 720p clips at 30 frames per second. It's all set to ship next month in black, white and orange for $299.95 here in the States, with the full presser embedded just after the break.


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Yep!

Pentax unveils Optio RZ18 compact superzoom: Digital Photography Review

Hello happy Pentaxians! You know what? I'm excited!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mistral75 Quote
[IMG][width=800]http://a.img-dpreview.com/news/1109/pentax/Optio_RZ18_Front.jpg[/IMG] [IMG width=800]http://a.img-dpreview.com/news/1109/pentax/RZ18-Td.jpg[/IMG]
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I give up trying to resize these bloody pictures
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GOLDEN, CO. (September 12, 2011)…PENTAX Imaging Company announced the Optio RZ18 digital compact camera. Featuring a slim, lightweight body, the new model offers a powerful 18X optical zoom lens covering focal lengths from 25mm wide angle to 450mm super-telephoto (in the 35mm format). The Optio RZ18 is the latest addition to PENTAX Optio RZ zoom lens series, which provides photographers simple, effortless shooting of a wide variety of subjects and occasions, from travel and landscape to action and spectator sports.

The Optio RZ18 features include:

Generous 18X zoom (equivalent to 25-450mm) with extra wide angle lens captures subjects near and far.

High resolution 16 megapixel sensor for large prints or aggressive image cropping.

Slim footprint for outstanding portability and inconspicuous use.

Multiple PENTAX Shake Reduction (SR) image stabilization options, including sensor-shift SR, for sharp images in any lighting.

Large 3 inch LCD with HVGA resolution (460,000 dots).

Powerful automatic shooting modes such as Auto Picture and scene modes take the guesswork out of great photography.

Creative special effects filters add artistic flair to the common snapshot.

Advanced 9-point autofocus with a 4cm super macro mode.

Face detection for perfectly focused and exposed portraits, includes a dedicated pet recognition feature.

Widescreen HD video in 720p at 30 frames per second.

The Optio RZ18 will be available in black, pearl white or metallic orange for $299.95 USD in October 2011.
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I give up trying to resize these bloody pictures
All pics are auto-resized, you don't have to worry about it

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How does this last Hoya-era camera compare to the competition?

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I think it's a very attractive camera.
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The layout is very clean, not many buttons to play around. I think it's a very good camera for someone who just likes to snap photos but doesn't really carea about all the settings. Plus the selling points (18x zoom with 25mm wide angle, 16M pixels, built-in shake reduction ...), this might attract some new DC users.
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I just wonder how that 16 mp sensor fares. The latest rounds of Pentax P&S cameras have been quite decent (e.g. the most recent iterations of the W series), but they all get minus points in reviews for bad low light performance. Now that Pentax seems to have taken this seriously in the Q, I hope they'll transfer that to their P&S's as well, but with a whopping 16mp I have my doubts.
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Only 720p video? ZS10/HX9V have 1080p.

Is it still using CCD sensor like some of the other video-challenged Pentax compacts? e.g. W90.
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is this a Panasonic sensor?
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Only 720p video? ZS10/HX9V have 1080p.

Is it still using CCD sensor like some of the other video-challenged Pentax compacts? e.g. W90.
I agree, the new Samsung WB750 with 1080p and 12.5Mp BSI (Back Side Illuminated) CMOS sensor is listed at $279.99 at Adorama.
EC-WB750ZBPBUS Samsung WB750 12.5MP Digital Camera with 18x Optical Zoom, full HD 1080p Movie Recording, Black
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